• Between the Woods and the Water

  • On Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland: The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates
  • By: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Narrated by: Crispin Redman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 06-26-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • 4.4 (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, Silver PEN Award, 1987.The acclaimed travel writer's youthful journey - as an 18-year-old - across 1930s Europe by foot began in A Time of Gifts, which covered the author's exacting journey from the Lowlands as far as Hungary.
Picking up from the very spot on a bridge across the Danube where his readers last saw him, we travel on with him across the great Hungarian Plain on horseback, and over the Romanian border to Transylvania.The trip was an exploration of a continent which was already showing signs of the holocaust which was to come. Although frequently praised for his lyrical writing, Fermor's account also provides a coherent understanding of the dramatic events then unfolding in Middle Europe. But the delight remains in travelling with him in his picaresque journey past remote castles, mountain villages, monasteries and towering ranges.
©1986 The estate of Patrick Leigh Fermor (P)2014 John Murray Press
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Critic Reviews

"Between the Woods and the Water is a book so good you will resent finishing it" (Sunday Times)
"The finest travelling companion we could ever have... His head is stocked with cultural lore and poetic fancy to make every league an adventure." (Christopher Hudson, Evening Standard)
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By Mark Schlegel on 03-18-15

Amazing!

I wish Fermor would walk across every country on earth, and then come to a boozy dinner party and tell me about it for hours. A great story.

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By Ruxandra Taleanu on 02-05-15

A beautiful story and painting of Central Europe

Beautifully narrated and marvelously written. Many things are still actual in Romania and Hungary. Loved it

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By Nike on 07-29-17

Read mark and learn

Read this after being given its companion book by a friend Dr Patrick Smith who diagnosed my illness and taught me to relax and rest God rest his wonderful soul Thank you Patrick. Thank you for the reading too. Bless you.

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By Pink Flamingo 64 on 07-27-15

Fantastic!

Compelling listening. Best travel books ever! His description of people and places is truly unique.

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By Roderic on 09-18-16

Dense with history but still interesting

I stopped listening halfway through this book as I was finding the dense exposition of European history too much to take in. However, when I returned to the book several months later I was enthused and I enjoyed the rest of it, history and all.

One has to accept that this is a book about history rather than a book about walking. Also, it is a book (unapologetically) by a posh Pom with an intense interest in people, language and Europe.

It works... if you let it.

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